John Morris won Olympic gold on home ice at Vancouver 2010, playing third for the Alberta-based team skipped by Kevin Martin that posted a perfect 11-0 record in the tournament. He had started playing with Martin in 2006 and won back-to-back Brier titles in 2008 and 2009. He played at the former with a broken finger on his right hand, but a removable cast allowed him to be able to throw stones. The team went undefeated and Morris won MVP honours for his performance in the final. They went on to win gold at the 2008 World Men’s Championship, followed by silver in 2009.
In 2013-14, Morris joined the team of BC-based Jim Cotter, taking over the skip duties. They had immediate success, advancing to the final of the 2013 Roar of the Rings where they lost to eventual Olympic gold medallist Brad Jacobs. The following season, Morris was recruited to replace Kevin Koe as skip on the team that had won the 2014 Brier. Competing as Team Canada at the 2015 Brier, Morris handed the skip duties to Pat Simmons after they opened with a 2-3 record. With Morris playing third, they rebounded to win the national title. In Morris’ third world championship trip, they won the bronze medal.
For the 2016-17 season, Morris rejoined Cotter’s team as skip while throwing third stones. He also competed with Rachel Homan at the 2017 Canadian Mixed Doubles Championship, finishing second. Morris had enjoyed an illustrious junior career, skipping his Ontario-based team to world junior titles in 1998 and 1999.
Getting to Know John
Getting into the Sport: Had dreamed about competing at the Olympic Games since watching them on TV as a child and being swept up in the magic surrounding them… At age 15 played hockey and curling and tried to fit tournaments for both into one weekend but after nearly having a bad car accident his father told him to pick one and he was better at curling… Father Earle Morris and great-grandfather Cliff McLachlan both curled at the Brier… Outside Interests: Firefighter with Rocky View County Fire Services… Graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology… Enjoys doing hot yoga, playing fantasy football, fly-fishing and cooking… Supports Big Brothers and Big Sisters Calgary… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: It’s amazing what a team can accomplish when no one cares who gets the credit… Inspired by former Toronto Maple Leaf Doug Gilmour for his grit, the way he inspired his teammates with his leadership, and his ability to rise to the occasion when needed – the essence of a true Canadian athlete…
Notable International Results
Olympic Winter Games: 2010 – GOLD
WCF World Championships: 2015 – BRONZE; 2009 – SILVER; 2008 – GOLD